Outfielders Avisail Garcia and Nick Castellanos will go to spring training with hopes of making the big-league roster. One or both could end up playing at Triple-A Toledo instead.
The Tigers already have Austin Jackson in centerfield, Torii Hunter in right and Andy Dirks, Brennan Boesch and Quintin Berry battling for time in left.
"I'm sure there will be a lot of good conversations this spring," said Tigers assistant general manager Al Avila.
Garcia, 21, hit .319 in 23 regular-season games last season for the Tigers. He also split time between Class A Lakeland and Double-A Erie, and hit a combined .299 with 14 home runs and 58 RBIs.
Castellanos, 20, began playing in the outfield last season. He's a third baseman, but he is blocked from progressing to the majors at that position by Miguel Cabrera. Between Class A Lakeland and Double-A Erie, Castellanos batted .320 with 10 home runs and 57 RBIs in 134 games.
"Nick can go to leftfield and Garcia can go to rightfield," Avila said. "But I can also see Garcia playing a little center, a little left, depending on what the necessities are."
Avila said he sees Garcia ultimately playing rightfield.
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Detroit Free Press | Jan 28